FLIR Launches Next-Gen Black Hornet 3 Nano-UAV

Latest Black Hornet Enables Operation in GPS-Denied Areas

The FLIR Black Hornet PRS equips the non-specialist dismounted soldier with immediate covert situational awarenessWILSONVILLE, OR,USA – FLIR Systems, Inc. recently announced the Black Hornet® 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders.

The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) is already the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

It is FLIR’s next generation Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV and adds the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them.

The Black Hornet PRS has been fielded by over 30 nations over the past seven years and continues to represent the cutting-edge in the combat nano-UAS space. It is enabling small combat units, SWAT teams, and first responders with immediately available intelligence, target-acquisition, and reconnaissance capability.

At 32 grams, the Black Hornet 3 offers the lowest SWAP (size, weight, and performance) for UAS available.

Offering improved speed and distance compared to previous versions, the Black Hornet 3 flies 2 kilometers at speeds of over 21 kilometers an hour.

The Black Hornet 3 also incorporates sharper imaging processing featuring the FLIR Lepton® thermal microcamera core and a visible sensor to allow greater image fidelity.

The design also features an improved encrypted military-approved digital datalink, enabling seamless communications and imagery significantly beyond line-of-sight and in closed areas.

Additionally, the Black Hornet 3 seamlessly integrates into the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) utilized by the military to provide battlefield networks and distribution of information to anyone on the network.

“We are excited to bring this advanced Black Hornet 3 to our warfighters and first responders,” said James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR.

“With longer range and indoor flight capabilities, the latest generation Black Hornet provides full surveillance coverage continuity to the mission. The Black Hornet 3 is representative of FLIR’s new focus on providing full-solution technology, and we look forward to playing a role in helping modernize our military customers.”

Last week, FLIR announced it had been awarded a $2.6 million order from the United States Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program to deliver the Black Hornet in a first batch order.

Units delivered for the SBS program, in addition to units recently deployed by the Australian Army and French Armed Forces, will be the Black Hornet 3.

The Black Hornet 3, which includes two UAV sensors, a controller, and display, is sold directly through FLIR and is available today to military, government agencies and law enforcement customers.

The latest Black Hornet was demonstrated at EUROSATORY 2018 in Paris, France from June 11 to 15 in the FLIR Stand #A267, Hall 5A.

For more information about the Black Hornet 3, visit (U.S.) or (Europe and Asia).

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit and follow @flir.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this release by Jim Cannon and the other statements in this release about the contract and order described above are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections about FLIR’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the following: the ability to manufacture and deliver the systems referenced in this release, changes in pricing of FLIR’s products, changing demand for FLIR’s products, product mix, the impact of competitive products and pricing, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or shortage of production capacity, the ability of FLIR to manufacture and ship products in a timely manner, FLIR’s continuing compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, and other risks discussed from time to time in FLIR’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and FLIR does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers.


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There are few things as devastating for families or tenants than a fire in the place where they call home. Not only does it lead to insecure housing, fires often destroy the majority, if not all, of the belongings within the structure. Cooking, heating equipment, and electrical issues are the three leading causes of fires in buildings and homes. Of course, these are only a few causes of building fires, but in this blog, we’re going to focus on electrical issues and how a simple test can help identify faulty wires.

Regardless of the age of the building, wiring and electrical systems pose a threat to the integrity of the structure. Many people think of electrical fires and assume the wiring must be old and outdated. But in reality, all buildings are at risk. Although less common, it is still entirely possible to suffer fire damage in new builds. So what can we do to safeguard against this damage? Check the electrical systems in the building. On the surface, this sounds extensive, intrusive and damaging to the structure, but there are simple tests available to check the electrical systems.

Many insurance companies don’t just recommend commercial businesses get an infrared electrical system scan, they require it. To maintain good standing with insurance companies, a commercial business must mitigate risk by taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of patrons and occupants.

Benefits of Infrared Electrical System Scan

Scans increase the safety and efficiency of your building. These tests help you better understand your electrical systems without damaging the building. If electrical systems emit too much heat, scans can flag problem areas and professionals determine the best course of action. Read the list below for more of the benefits of an Infrared Electrical System Scan.

  • Reduce the potential for personal injury and damage to buildings and equipment by making sure the electrical equipment is repaired or replaced prior to failure.
  • Minimize charges on monthly electric utility bills by making sure equipment is performing at peak efficiency.
  • Lower the cost of ongoing equipment repair and replacement by performing regular maintenance. If you wait for equipment to malfunction it can cause damage to other electrical equipment both up and downstream of the failure. The resulting loss can be more widespread than you realize.
  • Avoid the disastrous effects of electrical outages on plant production schedules and customer commitments.
  • Avoid the costs of temporary repairs to get production operating until full repairs can be completed.


The frequency of inspection depends on environmental conditions, the age of the equipment and type of operations to name a few. For most buildings, an annual inspection is a good baseline for inspections. Speak to a professional, licensed contractor to determine the best timeline for inspections. Add this inspection to your regular maintenance checklist to make sure everything is in working order before the electrical systems have the opportunity to damage the building.

Who Should Perform The Test

Not everyone is certified to perform these tests, and more so, most electricians don’t have the equipment necessary for conducting these tests accurately. Look for certified thermographers with good reviews and a good reputation. Also look at the certification levels of these professionals. See a brief explanation of the certification levels below to learn more.

Level 1 Infrared Technology Certification

This is the first of three levels. Level 1 professionals are relatively new to infrared diagnostics. This is not to say they are entry-level technicians, but it does mean they are limited to operating infrared cameras and software to identify and measure thermal patterns,

Level 2 Infrared Technology Certification

The second level professionals are experienced and with their knowledge, are capable of troubleshooting issues. These professionals are able to provide recommendations and technical direction.

Level 3 Infrared Technology Certification

Level 3 is the most advanced level of professionals. Level three denotes a program, or program manager capable of writing maintenance and inspection practices. They can also develop testing criteria. With all of the abilities of levels one and two, level three thermographers can provide guidance and act as a resource for infrared Electrical System Scans.

If you’re looking for Infrared Electrical System scans, contact our team of Level 3 Thermographers to help you evaluate your electrical systems. At TSI, we don’t sell any electrical parts or services. We test and give unbiased reports to help you understand your electrical system and make the right decisions based on those results. We’re happy to talk with you about our professionals, systems, and testing. Contact us to get started and increase the safety of your building!

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